The Troubling State of Security Cameras; Thousands of Devices Vulnerable

July 20, 2016

The recent Lizard Squad hack which resulted in a lot of CCTV cameras targeted and hijacked by a DDOS attack has highlighted the need for better security cameras. A study conducted by Protection1 shows how many security agencies do not take things seriously, Protection1 report.

The Lizard Squad hack is not the first instance of security cameras being overridden and used to spy on people. The widespread hack has brought to light once again just how many security cameras are under operation without any sort of protection, making them sitting ducks for any hacker with moderate skills. The CCTV cameras in the US that were attacked by the Lizard Squad hack were used in a wide range of areas from home security and traffic cams to cameras in banks and restaurants.

The ease of carrying out this attack prompted security company Protection1 to investigate the matter. The rising levels of sophistication of hacking tools and the incompetence of security personnel to keep in touch with hackers have made hunting much simpler for hackers. In a bid to understand just how serious the situation is, Protection1 analyzed 6,000 unsecured or open cameras all over the United States of America to find out which companies do not take your security seriously. They pulled data from the cameras using and mapped and analyzed the locations to generate results.

“The risk inherent to unsecured cameras has widespread implications, from the average home, to corporately operated facilities. This vulnerability can convert a valuable security tool into a liability – so raising public awareness around this issue was really important to our company.” Brandon Fleming, Marketing Manager at Protection 1 told Hackread.

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